noun bea·con \ˈbē-kən\

: a strong light that can be seen from far away and that is used to help guide ships, airplanes, etc.

: a radio signal that is broadcast to help guide ships, airplanes, etc.

: someone or something (such as a country) that guides or gives hope to others

Full Definition of BEACON

:  a signal fire commonly on a hill, tower, or pole
a :  a lighthouse or other signal for guidance
b :  a radio transmitter emitting signals to guide aircraft
:  a source of light or inspiration

Examples of BEACON

  1. These countries are beacons of democracy.
  2. Our nation should be a beacon of peace to people around the world.

Origin of BEACON

Middle English beken, from Old English bēacen sign; akin to Old High German bouhhan sign
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with BEACON



Definition of BEACON

intransitive verb
:  to shine as a beacon
transitive verb
:  to furnish with a beacon

Examples of BEACON

  1. <a lone lighthouse beacons the entrance to the island's only harbor>

First Known Use of BEACON



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